Pioneer BDP-330


A high class Blu-ray player

Last year, Pioneer renewed its range of Blu-ray players with BDP-LX53 and BDP-330. Both these devices are able to work with advanced networking features. Pioneer launched in 2010 its first Blu-ray players for everyday use. They were two distinctive models: a relatively basic one, the BDP-330 – reviewed here (marketed from June 2010), with the other one a bit more advanced: the BDP-LX53 (launched in stores in July 2010).

Wireless Internet access

pioneer-bdp-330The design of these products doesn’t seem to have changed very much compared to the previous generation’s products, but the manufacturer added, on these two players, the ability to connect to the network via a Wi-Fi optional wireless adapter. That was made so that users could take advantage of these bonus portals like BD-Live publishers, but also to permit access to YouTube and your favorite RSS feeds. Ethernet connectivity will also allow consumers to be automatically notified of the availability of a Firmware update for the Pioneer BDP-330.

Both these players (if they are wirelessly connected to a network) can also be controlled via an iPod Touch or an iPhone. You must first download a free application from the AppStore called iControlAV. This application also intelligently monitors amps A / V Pioneer VSX-920 VSX-1020 VSX-1025.

Smart audio features

On the audio side, the BDP-LX53 is almost complete. It has a reinforced chassis, high-end audio components, gold-plated connectors and a playback mechanism equipped with stabilizers designed to reduce vibration. The two products both include HD audio decoders and they are capable to deliver native HD streams or to convert PCM stream that’s easy to interpret by any A/V amplifier.

Without 3D

If you look at the video side, these gadgets seem to be equal in terms of performance and are able to take over 36-bit in Deep Color. They have incorporated, in addition, a quick start mode, a function of upscaling at 1080p HD / DVD, HDMI port, army CEC protocol and are compatible wit MP3 and JPEG files. The BDP-LX53 also has RS-232 for integration within a facility automation. Pioneer seems to make an effort on prices, because the tested models are offered at 299 euros (BDP-330) and 399 (BDP-LX53). Not bad. But no 3D included among the features for the player reviewed today.

Positive points (pros)

  • Good prices for both players;
  • Good connectivity;
  • Intelligent control via iPod touch / iPhone;

Negative points (c0ns)

  • Wi-Fi Optional not included in the price;
  • Compatibility with a lot of multimedia is limited.

Technical specifications

  • HD DVD Playback: Not;
  • Blu-ray: Yes;
  • Ethernet Port: 1.